BIG EAST Honors: McDermott Tops Player of the Week Record

Dave Weaver-USA TODAY Sports

The superstar forward for Creighton has broken the conference record for BIG EAST Player of the Week honors with his seventh nod of the season, and St. John's gets recognition as well.

Doug McDermott has accomplished a lot throughout his collegiate career. During his team's trouncing of the then-No. 6 Villanova Wildcatshe passed the great Larry Bird to become the NCAA's 13th all-time leading scorer with 2,863 points.

Now, in the wake of his performances against the Wildcats, as well as the Butler Bulldogs, the two-time All-American has broken yet another record.

With his seventh distinguished honor as BIG EAST Player of the Week, the senior forward has eclipsed Syracuse's John Wallace and Notre Dame's Troy Murphy for the most BIG EAST Player of the Week awards during the course of a season, per the BIG EAST Conference's official website.

Wallace was honored as BIG EAST Player of the Week six times during the course of the 1995-96 season. Murphy was named BIG EAST Player of the Week six times during the 1999-2000 season.

McDermott has been dynamic this season, standing tall as the nation's leading scorer with 25.9 points per game. The senior is also shooting a superb 51.3 percent from the field, 44.4 percent from the three-point line, and 90.1 percent from the free throw line, and grabbing 7.0 rebounds per game as well.

Elsewhere, the St. John's Red Storm have been lighting up as of late. The Johnnies have won their last five outings, and eight of their last nine. Newcomer Rysheed Jordan has been integral during this stretch and was superb in victories against Seton Hall and Georgetown. And for that, the freshman point guard was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week. This included a 24-point outburst in the Red Storm's rout of Georgetown at Madison Square Garden on Sunday evening. The Philadelphia native shot 60.0 percent from the field and 87.5 percent from the free throw line in their meetings against the Pirates and Hoyas.

And finally, a host of representatives were named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll this week. Georgetown's D`Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Marquette's Jamil Wilson, Providence's Bryce Cotton, St. John's D`Angelo Harrison and Villanova's James Bell were recognized by the conference for their performances over the last week. Perhaps no one was more impressive than Wilson, who scored a combined 41 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in victories over Seton Hall and Xavier.

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